Why study an MA?


  • The next step after your degree – whether you studied at BIMM or not 
  • Two MA courses to choose from
  • Industry-leading lecturers
  • Well-balanced classes – a mix of theory and practical
  • Part-time or full-time options available 

Develop yourself academically, creatively and professionally after your degree with a BIMM MA. Choose from our Popular Music Practice course (MA PMP) or our Learning & Teaching in Creative Industries course (MA LTCI). 

It’s time to Master your career. 

What is an MA/ Masters?

An MA (Master of Art) is an advanced academic degree designed for post-compulsory education. It builds on either your existing bachelor’s degree or professional experience. 

An MA can also be referred to as:

  • A masters degree
  • A ‘postgraduate degree’ 
  • Or even ‘postgraduate study’

It’s worth bearing in mind that these courses are often more autonomous than undergraduate degree courses. For example, you’ll generally be given the chance to do more independent research and learning, developing and engaging in certain areas to acquire a more specialised understanding of your subject area or profession. 


What are the benefits of studying an MA?

Studying for an MA is an incredibly exciting prospect. Having one demonstrates to employers that you have the commitment, determination and passion to advance your ability in a chosen area. 

And there are figures out there that show that an MA/postgraduate degree is worth it. For example:

  • The UK Commission for Employment and Skills predicts that roughly 15% of jobs (1 in 7) are likely to need a postgraduate degree by 2022
  • The UK Department for Education state that graduates and postgraduates have higher employment rates than non-graduates 
  • They also state that 77% of all working-age postgraduates are in high-skilled employment, compared with 65% of all working-age graduates

However, we understand that you might not be sure whether a postgraduate degree is best for you. That’s why we’ve put together our own benefits of studying an MA.

1) You can advance in your current career - both professionally and financially

2) You’ll have the necessary tools to make that dream career change

3) You can explore your interests in more depth

4) You can become a leader in your chosen field

5) You can make important connections

6) You can develop yourself either full-time or part-time

What’s the difference between the two courses?

  • Our Popular Music Practice course is designed for popular music practitioners – performers, producers, composers and entrepreneurs – with innovative ideas and a desire to work together with students from different fields. 
  • Our Learning & Teaching in Creative Industries course is ideal if you’re either wanting to enter into a teaching career for the first time, or you’re an experienced educator looking to broaden your skills and knowledge within the field of creative arts education at FE and HE levels. 

Who can apply? 

If you studied your degree at BIMM, elsewhere or you’re a mature student, you can still apply. 

Like most academic qualifications, MAs do have entry requirements. You can find the entry requirements for our Masters degrees on their individual course pages below.

MA Popular Music Practice

MA Learning & Teaching in Creative Industries

However, you can also apply to study an MA even if you haven’t met the entry requirements as sometimes a substantial amount of professional experience (such as teaching) will suffice. Your experience will be assessed on a case-by-case basis by the course team before your interview. 

Who will be teaching you? 

You will be taught by expert practitioners who are also often active researchers. 


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